Defense Minister Rajnath Singh formally inducted the indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) into the Indian Air Force at a ceremony held at Air Force Station, Jodhpur in Rajasthan on 3rd October 2022.
LCH inducted into 143 Helicopter Unit. LCH has been named as ‘Prachanda’.
The LCH has been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is a state-of-the-art modern combat helicopter, primarily designed for deployment in high altitude areas.
The LCH has a range of 550 km and an operational ceiling of 6500 m. It is armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, 70 mm rockets and 20 mm guns.